08.31.2010 Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE By Psychotherapy Networker
These days, news is considered “old” if a piece is written even a few hours ago. With so much technology at our fingertips, everyone strives to know what’s going on right now. It used to be that school textbooks might have been updated every few years or so but now, many are revised yearly to include current events or encourage new online resources.
But something I love about the Networker is the value of each issue, even when they’re years old. Sure, perspectives on psychotherapy change (why else would new DSM’s be created?!), particularly as technology enhances the field--but at least for me, that doesn’t mean that older editions aren’t just as fascinating.
For example, after hearing Barbara Ehrenreich speak about positive psychology at last year’s Symposium and reading parts of her book, it was really interesting to read articles from our January/February 2006 issue--“Getting Happy: Can Positive Psychology Show Us the Way?”
Networker issues tend to contain timeless feature articles--stories that don’t expire with tomorrow’s batch of news. If you’re growing tired of your same-old, same-old lifestyle and beginning to consider a whole different type of (scary!) life, consider reading May/June 2006 “The Road Less Traveled: What would you risk to follow your dream?” or maybe September/October 2003 “The Power of Purpose: Turning our daily habits into shining moments.”
Another of my favorite issues is July/August 2009, an issue about living with autism spectrum disorders. Although it contains some really well-written, informative articles from experts, I was most fascinated and touched by Nathan Weissler’s contribution, “Meet Me Halfway.” He wrote about his experiences as a then-16 year old with Asperger’s syndrome. You can find his story on the Networker website under the Recent Issues tab of the online Magazine, which currently houses issues 2007 up to the present.
But if you’re interested in issues older than 2007, don’t forget that you can order magazines at any time. Click here to see a back issue order form. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve been a Networker fan since we were called The Family Therapy Networker, or if you’re a newer reader, what are your favorite issues? Which articles still stick out in your mind?